Right now, the number of series finales I have sitting on my TBR is embarassing. So many final books have been sitting on my shelf for years. And I do mean years. Some of them are books I bought in 2010 and still haven’t read for one reason or another. Well, mostly 5 reasons actually.
I’m saving it for binge reading
I like to believe this is the #1 reason for my terrible ability to finish series. It’s become sort of a tradition of mine to bing reread all the books in the series at once when the last book comes out. It heightens the emotional ride and connection to the characters. The only thing is I need at least a few days to read most series, sometimes more, and time is a rare thing at the moment.
I’m scared of the feels
As an anxious person, I am fantastic at avoidance behaviour. This applies to social situations and books. I know some series are going to rip me to shreds, so I’m leaving them until I can convince myself I’m more emotionally prepared (I won’t be read, but I’ll happily lie to myself).
I’m scared I’ve lost interest
This is a big one when it comes to all the books I bought in high school, especially early high school. My reading tastes have changed so much since then, as have the quality and types of novels published. I still want to read the last books to complete those series from my early reading life, but I’m absolutely terrified I’m going to be annoyed by them.
I’ve forgotten a lot of the details
Unless I read a book twice, my memory of all the fine plot and character details is dismal. This is one of the reasons why I try to reread my favourite series every time a new instalment comes out. If I had a better memory, I’d be more prepared to just pick up that final book that’s waiting for me instead of trying to find time to reread and refresh my memory.
It got lost in my TBR
There are so many books sitting on my shelf, that 50% of them are buried. All these books I forget about as an option because I can’t see them. And the longer I leave them, the less appealing they initially seem when I do find them.
Do you procrastinate series finales like I do?